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I had a call from a family friend saying he wanted to cook a meal for us as he had a special project... we thought he had a YouTube cooking channel or something so were happy enough to meet up, and he came over to the house. He told me and my wife about his new job at Saladmaster and was very passionate about heathy eating and cooking a chicken dish with no oil or water which did sound interesting to see. Then the slides came out, but before hand, he wanted to ring his manager to let him know he was on site to "make sure his commission is done properly" so he could "move up" which made me think it was a pyramid scheme of some sort... I asked him if this was a pyramid scheme, do I have to get "young 'uns" on the estate to hustle food or bring them in on this scheme too... didn't want the police to catch me PWITS (Pots With Intent To Supply) if I end up harrassing my friends after being suckered in... As the pitch went on, it grew increasingly "Evangelical" with promises to cut out oil and water, save energy bills... we were introduced to "The Bad Boy" which was the star of the show (not another sales rep, though that will come later), so as he started to set up his wares (brought large suitcase, so wasn't sure if it was kit for a YouTube cooking channel or he'd been evicted and wanted somewhere to crash) his wife told us further information about the SaladMaster and we had to fill out forms (this started to feel a little bit high pressure like a car supermarket) and we were being cooked chicken, carrots, peas, sweetcorn with no oil and water. Apparently boiling food is dangerous and it is better to "pasteurize" it as 86C as you don't kill all the nutrients and vitamins from the vegetables. Cue more slides, and phrases "what price would you put on your family's health?" and then the demonstration of the "Bad Boy" (surgical grade metal with synthetic oil filled element that is easier to clean than non stick) and a promise of a good meal in under 40 minutes... still no word on price, but the costs were at least north of £900 for the cheapest set... we just don't have that money for pots and pans... he showed us a grater which was hand driven (no guards on it) so I asked what happens if you accidentally start to grate your hand once the carrrot is done, he said it has a built in alarm which tells you to say "Ouch" and you will pull your hand away (we have a comedian)... cue more slides, promise to cut cancer, heart disease and diabetes... again "what price would you put on your family's health?"

We were told to think of four friends we think would benefit from the SaladMaster, who could come back within the week for a demonstration (so now we're a show home) and the grater would be thrown in for free... then another call to the Manager, who was conveniently in the area who invited himself in (to see how the salesman's pitch was going, like a 'mystery shopper') and they promised to cook a chocolate cake in a record time without using oven and microwave (or "Micro Grave" as this rival product de stabilizes food structure and is "dangerous ")...

Admittedly the vegetables were delicious (but I am sure that could be replicated in a conventional steamer) and the chicken (it was stressed, no seasoning or salt added, cooked by itself in "The Bad Boy") was nice, but it all seemed too good to be true. Cue another manager, who told us we can't buy just one item as that offer had expired (this was on the sales manager's phone, the one who invited himself) but could cut us a deal (there is no price list so it could be in Bitcoin for all I know) on Finance...

The cake mix fell apart like Theresa May and Brexit, but tasted nice enough (never saw the cake ingredients) despite the fact the cake collapsed like the Greek economy... it was cooked on the stove (was it boiled?) in under 40 minutes...

It was very easy to clean (but any pot is if you get going on it straight away) but the hard sell made me say, in the words of Simon Cowell, "It's a No from me"...

I could see a few who are easily swayed buying the products (turns out they are coated, not complete Titanium and Surgical Steel) but it's too long a pitch (2 hours), and ambiguous pricing and a short window of time to decide to buy or bring in 4 friends to get the grater (which I am sure I can find on eBay under different brand) left a bad taste in our mouths, like the metal-based Sodium Bicarbonate...

Product or Service Mentioned: Saladmaster Cookware.

Reason of review: Pricing issue.

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Been using salad master for 2 months now and i have to say i never regret buying one for my family i could really see the great difference from the cookware i used to use, even the taste of the foods being cooked to it as to the tastes of the food cooked with an ordinary cookwares i know its expensive but its cheaper in the end if you compare the benefits its giving me and my family after all its really about health thanks salad master for manufacturing this type of cookware we can have today.

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